A Coup For IndyCar, SPM & James Hinchcliffe

Posted in IndyCar on January 22, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Lost in the midst of all of the Danica Patrick discussions that took place last week was this little tidbit that I considered a pretty big deal. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) hired well-known engineer, Leena Gade, to be the lead engineer for the car of James Hinchcliffe. Gade is a three-time winning engineer for Audi at the 24-hours of Le Mans.

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“The Amazing Race”

Posted in IndyCar on January 19, 2018 by Oilpressure

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I am not normally one for reality shows. I’ll admit that back around 2005, Susan got me to watching American Idol for a couple of seasons before I found it tiresome. Of course, I committed to watch the two seasons of Dancing With the Stars that had IndyCar stars as contestants, until they were voted off the show. As luck would have it, both drivers stayed around through the finals.

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Should IndyCar Foot The Bill For Danica?

Posted in IndyCar on January 17, 2018 by Oilpressure

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If you have been paying attention to the Verizon IndyCar Series, you know that Jordan King has joined Ed Carpenter Racing for the upcoming season to drive the No.20 car on the non-ovals. René Binder was also given a four-race deal with Juncos Racing. My first question when I heard both of these names was “who?”.

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Remembering Daniel Sexton Gurney

Posted in IndyCar on January 15, 2018 by Oilpressure

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The words “legendary” and “iconic” are way overused in today’s society, and racing is no exception. In all honesty, there are only a handful of people in racing that are actually worthy of those descriptions.

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Where Have All The Bloggers Gone?

Posted in IndyCar on January 12, 2018 by Oilpressure

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There is no question, at least in my mind, that the Verizon IndyCar Series is on a definite upswing. It is one of the few sports across the American landscape that actually showed an increase in television ratings last year. There is a new car (built around an old chassis) for 2018, car-count is up for the upcoming season and we keep hearing rumblings about a third engine manufacturer on the horizon. Couple all of that with some long-sought schedule stability and some much-needed tweaks to the rule book, and things are looking much better for the future of IndyCar than they did just a few years ago.

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Has Roger Penske Ruined IndyCar?

Posted in IndyCar on January 10, 2018 by Oilpressure

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Even if you are not much of a stick-and ball sports fan, chances are that you know who Nick Saban is. For those that don’t, he is the Head Football Coach at Alabama, who just won their fifth National Championship under Saban since 2009 this past Monday night by beating Georgia 26-23 in overtime. Such success is unprecedented in college football in that short of a time span. So much so that fans of other schools in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), like my Tennessee Vols, are claiming that Saban has ruined the SEC.

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My IndyCar Wishes For 2018

Posted in IndyCar on January 8, 2018 by Oilpressure

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I normally don’t make New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that I think I’m so perfect that I need no improvement. I just don’t wait until January rolls around to make any needed adjustments in my life. I tend to make the needed tweaks throughout the year as the needs first surface. Otherwise, by the time January rolls around – I will have forgotten them.

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